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backspace Tweet Definition of backspace Like Definition of backspace on Facebook
  1. the key on a typewriter that moves the head one position backwards
  1. (computing) a keyboard key used for removing a character behind the cursor, and moving the cursor one position backwards
verb (backspac, ing)
  1. (computing) to remove a character behind a cursor
  2. (computing) to move a magnetic tape to a previous block
band Tweet Definition of band Like Definition of band on Facebook
  1. A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
  2. A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
  3. A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
  4. A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
  5. A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
  6. (physics) A part of radio spectrum.
  7. (physics) A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
  8. (Canadian English) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
  1. (intransitive) To group together for a common purpose.
  2. To fasten together with a band.
  3. (ornithology) To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.
BASIC Tweet Definition of BASIC Like Definition of BASIC on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (complang): A family of third-generation computer programming languages (c.1964 on).
    Many programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in .
BCD Tweet Definition of BCD Like Definition of BCD on Facebook
  1. Binary Coded Decimal
benchmark Tweet Definition of benchmark Like Definition of benchmark on Facebook
  1. a standard by which something is evaluated or measured
  2. a surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point
  1. To measure the performance of an item relative to another similar item in an impartial scientific manner
binary code Tweet Definition of binary code Like Definition of binary code on Facebook
  1. A code that uses the binary digits (0 and 1), usually in groups of eight to represent characters, machine instructions or other data
bit Tweet Definition of bit Like Definition of bit on Facebook
  1. A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
  2. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
  3. An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents.
A quarter is two bits.
  1. (context, dated, UK) A coin of a specified value.
A threepenny .
  1. A small piece of something.
There were bits of paper all over the floor.
  1. A portion of something.
I'd like a big of cake, please.
  1. (slang) A prison sentence.
  2. An excerpt of material from a stand-up comedian's repertoire.
  1. (simple past of, bite)
Your dog me!
  1. To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").
That's a too sweet. =
block Tweet Definition of block Like Definition of block on Facebook
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
A of ice.
A of stone.
  1. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
Anne Boleyn placed her head on the and awaited her execution.
  1. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
I'm going for a walk around the .
  1. A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
A of flats.
  1. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short north.
  1. (slang) The human head.
I'll knock your off.
  1. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
A of 100 tickets.
  1. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sector, sectors (see cluster).
  2. (context, rigging) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  3. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  4. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
There's a in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  1. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  2. (Cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  3. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter"s court.
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  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
The pipe is blocked.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  1. (transitive) The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
He blocked the basketball player's shot.
The offensive lineman, offensive linemen tried to the blitz.
  1. (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
It was very difficult to this scene convincingly.
  1. (transitive, Cricket) To hit with a block.
  2. (intransitive, Cricket) To play a block shot.
Bomb Tweet Definition of Bomb Like Definition of Bomb on Facebook
  1. (informal) The atomic bomb; the capacity to launch a nuclear attack. Often used with "the".
  • Pakistan and India both have the now.
bootstrap Tweet Definition of bootstrap Like Definition of bootstrap on Facebook
  1. A loop of leather or other material sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.
  2. (computing) The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory
  3. (computing) The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
verb (bootstrap, p, ed)
  1. (computing) to load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot. (see pull oneself up by one's bootstraps)
  2. (computing) To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.
branch Tweet Definition of branch Like Definition of branch on Facebook
  1. The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing
  2. Something that divides like the branch of a tree
  3. A location of an organization with several locations.
Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
  1. (context, Mormonism) A subdivision of the LDS Church, smaller than and part of a stake, but smaller than a ward.
  2. An area in business or of knowledge, research
  3. (nautical) The certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters
verb (branch, es)
  1. (context, intransitive) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
  2. (context, intransitive) To produce branches.
  3. (context, intransitive, computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.
browser Tweet Definition of browser Like Definition of browser on Facebook
  1. A person or animal who browses.
  2. A person who, while shopping, purchases nothing.
  3. (computing): A software component capable of rendering HTML pages and allowing for navigation of HTML links, for example on the Internet.
  4. A person using a browser in the sense of 3.
buffer Tweet Definition of buffer Like Definition of buffer on Facebook
  1. Someone or something that buffs.
  2. (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
  3. (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.
  4. (mechanical) Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
  5. (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
  6. An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
  7. In international relations, a buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
verb (buffer)
  1. To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
  2. (computing) To store data in memory temporarily.
bulletin board Tweet Definition of bulletin board Like Definition of bulletin board on Facebook
  1. a board on which messages may be posted, especially one in a public space
  2. (computing) a system in which users may send, read and reply to messages of interest to no particular person; an electronic bulletin board
bus Tweet Definition of bus Like Definition of bus on Facebook
noun (pl=buses, pl2=busses)
  1. (context, automotive, vehicle) A motor vehicle for transporting large numbers of people along roads.
  2. An electrical conductor serving as a common connection for two or more circuits.
verb (busses or buses, bussing or busing, bussed or bused)
  1. (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport via a motor bus.
  2. (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport students to school, often to achieve racial integration.
  3. (context, intransitive, automotive, transport) To travel by bus.
abbreviation bus.
  1. business
bus topology Tweet Definition of bus topology Like Definition of bus topology on Facebook
  1. (computing) A (computer) network topology in which the nodes are all connected at different points to a line called a bus.
button Tweet Definition of button Like Definition of button on Facebook
  1. A knob or disc that is passed through a slit (buttonhole) in the adjacent material, serving as a fastener.
April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
  1. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
Pat pushed the marked "shred" on the blender.
  1. (computing) In computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
Click the that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
  1. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
The politician wore a bright yellow with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
  1. (botany) A bud.
  2. (slang) The clitoris.
  3. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
  4. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  5. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's .
  6. (poker) The player who is last to act, who possesses the button.
  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button.
byte Tweet Definition of byte Like Definition of byte on Facebook
  1. A sequence of adjacent bits, almost always eight, operated on as a unit by a computer; can represent an integer from 0 to 255, a pair of hexadecimal digits each from 0 to F, a pair of packed decimal digits each from 0 to 9, a packed decimal digit and a sign or a single character
The word "hello" fits into 5 bytes of ASCII code.

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